COL (Ret) Patricia Martinez, MSN, MPH is a Clinical Nurse Specialist who works at the Uniformed Services University, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Child and Family Program. A graduate St Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing in Albany, New York and McGill University, she obtained a Master of Public Health Degree in Public Health Nursing and Health Gerontology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Specialist in Aging from the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Nursing (Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing) from The Catholic University of America.
Prior to her military career, COL (Ret) Martinez’s civilian nursing career spanned the acute, chronic disease and community health settings and included jobs in: direct care nursing in Intensive Care Units, Continuing Care Coordinator at a large City Acute and Chronic Disease Hospitals, Section Administrator/Clinician for Health Department Home Health Agency, Administrator/Clinician for Day Care Center for Adults and a College Nursing Instructor. She was also inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society of Nursing.
Active Duty assignments included: Chief of Ambulatory Nursing, 3 Chief Nurse/Deputy Commander for Nursing assignments and Inspector General for the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command. Civilian certifications included: Diplomat in American College of Health Care Executives and American Nursing Association certifications in Advanced Nursing Administration and Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Military awards and badges included Expert Field Medical Badge, Meritorious Service Medal with 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster, Humanitarian Service Medal, Order of Military Medical Merit and Legion of Merit. Upon retiring from the U.S. Army in 2002 after 20 years of military service, COL (Ret) Martinez worked from 2002-2006 at WRAMC, Department of Psychiatry as a DOD Civilian Nurse and was credentialed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatry. The highlight of her DOD civilian nursing career included her work with Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Battle Injured Service Members